June 2014

Sunday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers blanked the Cardinals on Sunday 6-0. Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings while fanning 13 Cardinal batters as he garnered his ninth win of the year. Former Chief Yadier Molina legged a double on a one for three night. Former Chief Jason Motte tossed a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. Here is the Game Story.

Springfield was no match for San Antonio as they fell 7-2. Starlin Rodriguez was the only offense for Springfield as he went one for four with two RBI. Former Chief Kurt Heyer dropped his fifth game of the year after allowing five runs in six and two thirds innings despite only walking one and striking out seven batters.

Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins was fantastic in his start, tossing six shutout innings to propel Palm Beach to a 5-2 victory. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell, who has hit only two homers on the season to this day, matched his season total with two long-balls while producing three RBI in this one. Former Chief Charlie Tilson continues to be on a hot streak; he launched his fifth homer of the year.

Will Anderson tossed a gem for State College in their 5-0 shutout of Williamsport. Anderson tossed seven scoreless innings allowing only three hits and fanning 10 batters, which is a State College single-game record, while on his way to his first win of the year. Rowan Wick was two for four with a double and two RBI , but unfortunately no homers as he looks to break the State College season record. Former Chief Josh Lucas tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Read about the win in the Game Recap.

Johnson City resumed their suspended game from Saturday and spanked Kingsport 12-6 thanks to Oscar Mercado’s incredible hitting performance. Mercado went four for six with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, and two stolen bases. Check out the Recap.

Former Chief Ryan Flaherty made a pinch hit appearance in the ninth inning of Baltimore’s matchup with Tampa Bay and launched a three-run homer, unfortunately the Orioles lost 12-7. Former Chief Robinson Chirinos was perfect at the plate going three for three with his seventh homer of the year in the Rangers 3-2 loss.

Saturday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

It wash’t pretty for the Cardinals in L.A. as the Dodgers blew them out 9-1. The Cardinals could only manage four hits on the night while Lance Lynn could not contain the loaded Dodger lineup. On a bright note, Nick Greenwood pitched very well in relief of Lynn. He tossed four scoreless innings giving up only three hits and striking out one. Here is the Game Recap.

Former Chief Nick Petree was fantastic for Palm Beach in his start. He tossed five shutout innings giving up only two hits, walking one, and striking out six. However, Petree would receive a no decision after the bullpen blew two different leads allowing a two-run bottom of the ninth as Palm Beach fell 3-2. Former Chief Alex Mejia was the only offense as he went two for four with a double and two RBI.

State College would lose to Williamsport 8-4, but the big news was Rowan Wick’s homer in the sixth inning. Wick has now tied the State College record for home runs in a season with 10; we are only 16 games into the New York-Penn League season. Wick has been extremely fun to watch as he powers State College to a current tie for first place in the Pinckney Division. Check out the Game Story.

The GCL Cardinals suffered their second loss of the year after losing to the GCL Mets 7-2. Malik Collymore drilled his first homer of the year along with a triple and two RBI in the loss.

Former Chief DJ LeMahieu was two for four with a two-run single in the Rockies 7-4 loss to the Brewers. Former Chief Albert Pujols sparked the red-hot Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Royals by going two for five with 2 RBI.

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The parent club got a crucial 3-1 win over the Dodgers to remain only five and a half games back of first in the NL Central. The bullpen pitched exceptionally well, as Seth Maness picked up the win after tossing two and a third shutout innings with two punch-outs. Former Chief Yadier Molina launched his seventh homer of the season in the fourth to knot the game at one. Here is the long ball:

Memphis blew a three-run lead in the eighth and went on to lose to Round Rock 9-8. Joe Kelly made his first rehab start for Memphis, allowing two runs off two hits in two innings pitched. Former Chief Joe Donofrio came in and recorded a strikeout in the eighth inning. Stephen Piscotty launched his fifth homer of the season along with three RBI on the night. Below is the homer:

Springfield cruised to a 6-2 victory over Corpus Christi as Jonathan Cornelius picked up his seventh win of the year. Mike O’Neill was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle while producing his 20th RBI of the year. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom each had two-hit nights. Here is the Game Story.

Palm Beach had their three-game win streak snapped after losing to Charlotte 10-5. Former Chief Nick Martini was three for four with a double and a RBI while former Chief Kyle Barraclough was the only Palm Beach pitcher to not allow a run. He tossed two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts. Read about it in the recap.

State College got their tenth win of the season after beating Williamsport 5-2. Former Chief Robelys Reyes went three for five while crossing the plate twice. Jhohan Acevedo was perfect at the plate going three for three. Former Chief Josh Lucas picked up his third save of the year. Here is the Game Recap.

The GCL Cardinals had an amazing comeback victory to beat the GCL Mets. They scored seven unanswered runs in the eighth inning to win the game 7-3. Ricardo Bautista blasted a grand slam to cap the comeback; it was his first professional home run.

Former Chief Brandon Guyer had a huge game at the plate for Tampa Bay in their 5-2 win over Baltimore. Guyer was three for three with three doubles and a RBI. Former Chief Josh Donaldson legged a RBI triple to add to his three total RBI in Oakland’s win over Miami. Former Chief Josh Harrison was two for three including a walk-off double in the 11th inning in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Mets. Below is the walk-off winner:

Thursday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

Adam Wainwright was fabulous on the hill and pitched a complete game, however the Cardinals couldn’t muster any offense at all and fell to the Dodgers 1-0. Wainwright allowed only one run off five hits, walked one, and struck out seven as he suffered his fourth loss of 2014.

Memphis’ offense stalled on Thursday as well; they got blown out 9-1 by Round Rock. Memphis collected 13 hits, but was only able to plate one run. Oscar Taveras was four for five on the night. Greg Garcia produced the only RBI of the game. Check out the Game Story.

Springfield just escaped Corpus Christi 6-5 after Lee Stoppelman barely shut the door in the ninth, giving up three runs. Jonathan Rodriguez launched his seventh and eighth homers of the season while former Chief Patrick Wisdom belted a two-run shot of his own, his ninth of the season. Former Chief Breyvic Valera legged his first extra-base hit since his promotion. Former Chief Mike Mayers collected his first win with Springfield after allowing only two runs off five hits over seven innings of work. Former Chief Chris Thomas tossed another scoreless inning of relief. Below is Rodriguez’s second homer of the game:

Palm Beach cruised to another victory, beating Charlotte 7-3. Former Chief Jimmy Reed made his Palm Beach debut and notched the win. He allowed only two runs off seven hits, walked one, and struck out four over six and two thirds innings pitched. Former Chief Ildemaro Vargas drove home three runs on a one for four night. Here is the Game Recap.

Former Chief Robelys Reyes was one for three batting leadoff for State College in their narrow 3-2 victory over Williamsport. Fernando Baez got his first start for State College and tossed four scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Here is the Recap.

All nine starters for Johnson City reached base in their 7-5 victory over the Bristol Pirates. University of Florida alum Casey Turgeon was two for four with a double and a pair of RBI while Steven Farinaro picked up his first win of the season.

The GCL Cardinals blanked the second-place GCL Mets 3-0. Jorge Rodriguez tossed seven scoreless innings allowing only three hits as he garnered his second win of the year. Malik Collymore and Edmundo Sosa both had three-hit performances.

Quiet night in the majors for former Chiefs aside from a solid night at the plate from Albert Pujols. He was three for four with two runs scored, a double, and two RBI. Former Chief Junior Lake ran into the outfield wall at Wrigley Field and would leave the game, but later said he was alright. Below is the play:

Wednesday Org Report and Crisp Homers

Cardinals affiliates went 5-2 on Wednesday, including the Chiefs 2-1 win over Cedar Rapids for their fourth straight victory. Triple-A Memphis had an off day.

St. Louis got a comeback win in Colorado to take top prospect Marco Gonzales off the hook for the loss in his major league debut. Gonzales cruised through three innings before allowing five runs in the fourth. He tossed another shutout inning in the fifth and came out having allowed seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The Cards then scored eight of the game’s final nine runs for a 9-6 win as Trevor Rosenthal nailed down his 23rd save. The power surge continued for Matt Adams, who hit his ninth home run and third of the series.

Double-A Springfield was leading their game with Corpus Christi 3-0 into the sixth before giving up seven runs over the next three innings and fell 7-4. Aldemys Diaz and Cody Stanley each had three hits. Former Chief Breyvic Valera made his Double-A debut by going 1-3 with a run and a walk.

Advanced-A Palm Beach gave up two runs in the first inning but nothing else, and used a four-run eighth to defeat Charlotte 5-2. Former Chief Silfredo Garcia got a no decision after five innings, while another former Chief, Dixon Llorens, picked up his seventh save. Two more former Chiefs, Charlie Tilson and Nick Martini, each had three hits. Tilson fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

Short Season-A State College had a furious comeback against Jamestown, scoring five runs between the fifth and eighth inning to send the game into extras, but fell by an 8-7 score in 12. Rowan Wick crushed two more homers to give him nine in 13 games. Jeff Rauh, a member of the Chiefs earlier this season, tossed three scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.93.

Rookie-A Johnson City took a 9-4 win at Bristol by scoring seven times in the eighth inning. Blake Drake, a 2014 draft pick, had two hits to raise his average to .429 and stole his third base. Another 2014 draftee, Landon Beck, tossed four scoreless innings in the start, allowing one hit with four walks and five strikeouts.

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals got a 5-4 win over the GCL Nationals to improve to 4-1.

Former Chief Coco Crisp continued to produce since coming off the disabled list. He finished 3-5 with two RBI and this solo homer in Oakland’s 8-5 win over the Mets.

Wednesday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

After shutting down the Rockies on Monday, they would allow ten runs on Wednesday in a tough loss. Luckily for Cardinals fans, the Brewers lost as well so they remain only four and a half games back of first place in the NL Central. More bad news for the Cardinals as Shelby Miller would leave Tuesday’s game early with back stiffness. Jhonny Peralta hit his 11th homer of the year to tie the game at three, but the bullpen wasn’t at its best and was unable to keep the score even. Former Chief Yadier Molina got a pinch hit single while former Chief Jason Motte allowed two runs off three hits over two thirds of an inning. Check out the recap.

More bullpen troubles in Memphis, as they should’ve cruised to an easy victory over Las Vegas, unfortunately they would go on to lose 10-8. Randal Grichuk launched his team-high 12th homer of the year while Scott Moore drove home another two runs and continues to be on a tear.

Cody Stanley became only the second Springfield Cardinal to win the Texas League All-Star Game MVP after going two for two with the go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth. Oscar Taveras won the award back in 2012. Kyle Hald notched the victory for the North after tossing two innings allowing only one run. Former Chief Joe Donofrio was named to the All-Star game, but was unable to participate due to his promotion to Memphis. Read about the All-Star Game here.

Palm Beach garnered a narrow victory over Bradenton 2-1 in 12 innings. Joe Cuda pitched great and should’ve won his sixth straight in a row, but unfortunately he didn’t get the run support and received a no decision. Corey Baker was fantastic out of the bullpen, tossing four scoreless innings and notching his third win of the year. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell hit the game-winning double in the 12th and former Chief Dixon Lllorens locked down the bottom half of the inning for his sixth save.

Former Chief Ronnierd Garcia hit a clutch, two-run single in the sixth to tie the game at two for State College, but Tyler Bray would give up a run in the ninth and State College fell to Jamestown 3-2. Check out the Game Story.

Johnson City’s offense struggled against Danville’s pitching aside from two-hit nights from Chris Rivera and Casey Grayson. Josh Wirsu suffered the loss in his first start of the season

The GCL Cardinals lost their first game of the year after being blanked by the GCL Nationals 7-0. 2014 second-rounder Ronnie Williams made his first start of the year and allowed four runs, two earned, off four hits and struck out two in three innings of work.

Former Chief Brandon Guyer had a big night for the Rays going two for five with a two-run single in the ninth, which cut the deficit to one, but the Rays were unable to complete the comeback. Former Chief DJ LeMahieu picked up three hits in the Rockies’ win over St. Louis.


Tuesday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The Cardinals blew out the Rockies 8-0. Lance Lynn, Randy Choate, and Former Chief Jason Motte combined for the shutout. Matt Adams is on absolute fire since coming off the DL. Adams was three for five with two runs scored, two home runs, and six RBI. The last time a Cardinals player produced six RBI in a game was David Freese back in 2012. Lynn shut down the Rockies, tossing eight shutout innings allowing only three hits, walking none, and fanning seven batters. Check out the highlights.

Memphis was down to their final three outs trailing by one until Scott Moore launched his tenth home run of the season, a three-run shot to give the Redbirds the ninth inning lead. That was Moore’s third homer in two days. Unfortunately, Jorge Rondon could not lock down the save and the game headed into extras for the second night in a row. Pedro Feliciano gave up a three-run walk-off homer in the tenth and Memphis would lose 8-5. Former Chief Zach Petrick allowed two runs off four hits over five and two thirds innings. Former Chief Joe Donofrio made his debut for Memphis and pitched two thirds of an inning only allowing a walk. Check out the Game Recap.

Springfield is currently on their All-Star break. The Texas League All-Star Game will be played tonight and Springfield has four players participating. Catcher Cody Stanley will be starting and is batting .301 with seven homers and 21 RBI. Outfielder James Ramsey will also start, he is batting .307 with 12 homers and 31 RBI. First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez was also named to the roster, he is batting .249 with six home runs and 30 RBI. The only pitcher named to the team was Kyle Hald who has been sensational for Springfield since being called up from Palm Beach; Hald is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA.

Palm Beach saw their six-game win streak get snapped by Bradenton after losing 11-6. Former Chief David Washington had a huge day at the plate going four for five with a double, his team-high 12th homer, and a RBI. Former Chief Charlie Tilson hit his fourth homer of the season; he has hit two in his past four games.

State College capped an amazing comeback victory after scoring three runs in the ninth to take 5-3 lead followed by Jacob Booden locking down his first save of the year. Former Chief Ronnierd Garcia was one for four with a double and a RBI. State College is now 8-3 and remains in first place. Rowan Wick was just recently named the NYPL Player of the Week. Check out the Game Story.

Johnson City suffered a tough 6-2 loss to Danville while the GCL Cardinals remained undefeated in 2014. The GCL Cards blew out the GCL Nationals 8-2. Magneuris Sierra launched a three-run homer, his first of the season.

Not much action for former Chiefs in the majors aside from a solid outing on the mound by Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija allowed only one run off four hits, walked two, and struck out seven over six innings of work. Samardzija is currently 2-6 with a 2.53 ERA.

Monday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The parent club got a crucial 5-3 victory over the Phillies to split the four-game series, however suffered terrible news at the conclusion of the game. Starting pitchers Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha were placed on the DL. As for the game, the Cards scored five unanswered runs to garner the victory. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for four and crossed the plate twice. Jhonny Peralta and Mark Ellis each produced two RBI and Carlos Martinez garnered his first win of 2014. Here is the recap.

Memphis was cruising in their Sunday game against Las Vegas up 5-0 early, but the bullpen failed to hold the lead and they headed into extras. Randal Grichuk delivered the game-winning two-run double in the top of the 11th to give Memphis the win. Oscar Taveras notched his 48th RBI of the year which is good for ninth in the Pacific Coast League. Scott Moore launched his eighth and ninth homers, both two-run shots. Below is Moore’s second no-doubter of the day:

Springfield failed to produce any offense until the eighth inning, but by then it was too late as they fell to Arkansas 4-3. Aledmys Diaz and Travis Tartamella were the only ones to produce RBI. Former Chief Chris Thomas tossed another scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. He has given up only five runs over 29 2/3 innings for three different affiliates this season. Check out the Game Story.

Palm Beach has yet to lose during their second half of the season after beating Bradenton 6-3. Former Chief Nick Petree was lights out on the mound allowing only one run off six hits, walking none, and striking out five. Former Chief David Washington was two for four with a pair of RBI. Luke Voit was one for two with a triple and two RBI.

State College blew out Batavia 10-3. The State College lineup belted six homers, three of which belonged to Alex De Leon. Rowan Wick launched his seventh home run of the season. State College leads the New York-Penn League with 18 homers; Jamestown is ranked second with only eight. Austin Gomber made his first start of the year and tossed two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Here is the Game Recap.

Johnson City won a shoot-out over Danville 10-8. Chris Rivera was two for five with two runs scored, a homer, and four RBI. The GCL Cards had an off day.

Former Chief Justin Bour was one for two with a two-run double against the Mets, but unfortunately it was not nearly enough as the Marlins lost 11-5. Former Chief Sam Fuld is picking up right where he left off since coming off the DL, he was two for three with two runs scored, and a RBI double as the Twins bested the White Sox 6-5. Former Chief Josh Harrison’s RBI infield hit proved to be the game-winner in the Pirates 2-1 victory over the Cubs.

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The Chiefs split their doubleheader last night in Quad Cities to open the second half of the Midwest League season while the rest of the Cardinals organization was 4-3.

For the second straight game the St. Louis offense could only muster one run against the Phillies in a 5-1 loss. Jaime Garcia (3-1) was cruising through four innings with a 1-0 lead before allowing two runs in the fifth. The first two batters in the sixth got on against him and he came out of the game as both runners scored. Matt Carpenter scored the only run for the Cards when Matt Holliday knocked him in. Former Chief Yadier Molina was 2-4 with a double.

Triple-A Memphis is scoring all the runs in the system, as they put up double-figures for the second straight game in a 13-4 win at Salt Lake. Randal Grichuk was 4-5 with three runs, Shane Robinson finished 3-5 with four runs and Xavier Scruggs was 2-4 with five RBI. Angel Castro allowed one run in six innings to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Double-A Springfield took a tough 3-2 loss, as Arkansas scored all three runs in the fifth inning against former Chief Mike Mayers in his Double-A debut. He allowed eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Another former Chief, David Popkins, finished 2-5 with a run scored.

Advanced-A Palm Beach got another great start from former Chief Silfredo Garcia in the Cardinals 3-1 win at Charlotte. Garcia allowed one run in six innings with four hits and four strikeouts. He was followed to the mound by two more former Chiefs, Corey Baker and Dixon Llorens, who combined for three scoreless innings and four strikeouts. None of the three pitchers allowed a walk. Former Chiefs Alex Mejia was 3-4 with an RBI and Charlie Tilson was 2-5 with two runs scored.

Short Season-A State College picked up a 5-3 win in ten innings at Jamestown. The long ball was the story as the Spikes got three home runs, including the first career home run by recent draft pick Danny Diekroeger. Alex De Leon hit his first of the year to tie the game in the ninth, and State College also got the sixth homer already from Rowan Wick. Jeff Rauh, a member of the Chiefs earlier this year, got his first save by pitching a perfect tenth inning with a strikeout.

Rookie-A Johnson City dropped a 4-1 decision to Bluefield as Steven Farinaro allowed four runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings in taking the loss. Johnson City got six hits, all singles.

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals kicked off their season with a 7-2 win against the GCL Marlins. Julio Mateo allowed two runs with eight strikeouts over six innings for the win. Edmundo Sosa was 3-4 with a run and a walk as the leadoff hitter.

Former Chief Ryan Buchter made his major league debut one to remember with Atlanta last night . He entered the game in the 12th inning in Washington tied at four and kept it that way with scoreless inning. When the offense scored two in the 13th and Jordan Walden closed it out, Buchter earned the win.

Former Chiefs drove in all four runs in Oakland’s 4-3 win over Boston last night. Josh Donaldson kicked things off with a three-run homer in the first and Coco Crisp broke a 3-3 tie with a single in the eighth.

Thursday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

While the Chiefs were rained out last night, the rest of the Cardinals organization went 3-3. The best night team-wise belonged to Johnson City, who won their season opener 13-0 in Bluefield.

An up-and-down season for St. Louis continued as they lost to the Phillies 4-1. Shelby Miller (7-6) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts and a home run to Ryan Howard. Miller also had the only extra-base hit for the Cards, a double. Matt Carpenter knocked in Jhonny Peralta for the only run. Former Chief Yadier Molina had a single in three at bats and also threw out Jimmy Rollins attempting to steal second base.

Triple-A Memphis picked up a 12-9 win over Salt Lake, scoring six runs in the first inning. Randal Grichuk hit his 11th home run, Pete Kozma had four RBI and Stephen Piscotty drove in three.

Double-A Springfield fell to Arkansas 9-1, behind a rare bad start from Kyle Hald. Hald allowed six runs in four innings to drop to 6-2 on the season. He also gave up three homers while only striking out two. Former Chief Chris Thomas pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his Double-A debut. Another former Chief, David Popkins, had the only multi-hit game for Springfield.

Advanced-A Palm Beach got a 6-1 win over Charlotte, scoring four times over the final two innings to put the game away. Joe Cuda gave up a run over six innings to improve to 5-5 while former Chief Thomas Lee pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Two ex-Chiefs had a multi-hit game, Breyvic Valera who’s now batting .342, and Jimmy Bosco who’s at .375 with Palm Beach.

Short Season-A State College dropped an 8-4 game in 11 innings against Batavia. Each team scored a run in the ninth but Batavia got four in the 11th and held the Spikes off the board for the win. Former Chief Robelys Reyes had three hits and the only two RBI for the Spikes.

Rookie-A Johnson City won big in their season opener by a score of 13-0 in Bluefield. Landon Beck, Juan Perez, Jonathan Escudero and Isaac Silva combined for the shutout on six hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. The offense was paced by C Jose Godoy’s four hits and six RBI.

Former Chiefs starting pitcher Chris Archer had Astros hitters off balance last night as he pitched the Rays past Houston 5-0. Archer went 6 2/3 shutout innings allowing just three hits, all singles, with two walks and eight strikeouts. Below are highlights from his gem which got him to 4-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.14.